Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker is opening a flagship experiential store in central Madrid in November. The Spanish capital was selected as the location for the first Johnnie Walker experiential retail flagship due to its status as a leading tourism and retail destination and the popularity of Scotch in the country – with whisky accounting for 27 per cent of all spirits sold there. The store will be located on Calle de Serrano - adjacent to the Puerta de Alcalá - in the fashionable Barrio de Salamanca district of Madrid and promises to become a leading destination for Scotch lovers and whisky novices alike.
Shaftesbury has announced the first two restaurants to sign as part of Central Cross, a new 4,459 sq m mixed-use development at the eastern gateway to Chinatown London. Award-winning Sichuanese restaurant, JinLi and casual noodle and dumpling concept, Modern Shanghai will open new restaurants at the scheme this winter.
Specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, Stanfords has signed for a new London flagship location at 7 Mercer Walk. Due to open in November, the 386 sq m store will be located close to H&M, Hobbs and Jack Wolfskin, and offers the world’s largest stock of maps and travel guides under one roof. Designed by Caulder Moore, and fitted out by Bluecrow Projects, the store interior will feature a modern, urban aesthetic, complemented with ‘travel inspired’ installations, through to black and white photography of explorers. The basement will be brought to life with its extensive collection of travel books as well as maritime and print on demand services.
To remind people of the power of saying ‘thank you’ properly, and encourage people to do it often, Cadbury has opened ‘Thanks a Bunch’, a flower shop with a difference. Run by London florist, Augustus Bloom, the Thanks A Bunch shop at 13 Soho Square sees the legendary florist turning his hand to chocolate floristry for the campaign; hand-crafting beautiful chocolate flower bouquets made from the range of Cadbury Roses flavours, which include Golden Barrel, Signature Truffle and classic Caramel.
Tottenham Court Road in London has welcomed the IKEA Planning Studio this week – the first step in IKEA UK and Ireland’s new city centre approach. The Planning Studio specialises in kitchens and bedroom storage, giving customers an easy and convenient way to get the advice and inspiration they need to browse, plan and order furniture for a bigger project in their home.